Social Networks

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 11, 2020 and last updated on July 17, 2023

The topic of social networks is highly relevant for English learners as it offers a rich context to improve language skills and enhance cultural understanding. Exploring this topic allows learners to expand their vocabulary related to technology, communication and digital interactions. Engaging in discussions about social networks develops conversational fluency and boosts listening comprehension.

By delving into this topic, English learners gain the tools to navigate the digital landscape effectively and engage in meaningful conversations about technology’s impact on our lives.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Social Networks Review

Social networks have revolutionised the way people connect, communicate and share information globally. With the advent of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, individuals can establish and maintain relationships, access real-time news and engage in online communities. The impact of social networks on society is far-reaching, influencing everything from personal interactions to business strategies.

However, the rise of social networks also raises concerns about privacy, cyberbullying and the distortion of truth. This introduction highlights the profound influence of social networks and invites exploration of their complexities and implications in today’s interconnected world.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • social network (noun)
  • social media (noun)
  • connect (verb)
  • liable (adjective)
  • censor (verb)
  • source (noun)
  • ban (verb)
  • publisher (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • To what extent do social networks influence our perceptions of self and others?
  • How have social networks affected traditional media industries, such as journalism and advertising?
  • What ethical considerations should be taken into account when using social networks?
  • How do social networks contribute to the spread of misinformation and echo chambers?
  • In your opinion, are social networks more beneficial or detrimental to society as a whole?
  • Should social networks be held accountable for regulating hate speech and harmful content?
  • Is social media addiction a valid concern?
  • If you could give advice to someone who is struggling with social media addiction, what would it be and why?
  • Are social networks amplifying social inequality and reinforcing existing power dynamics?
  • Should social networks be used as tools for political campaigns and influence?
  • If you could design a social network, what features would you include to make it unique and appealing to users?
  • If you had the choice, would you prefer to live in a world without social networks?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.